[LISTEN] This had never been done before says Professor Clarke

Researcher Professor Ron Clarke hosted a press conference at the Evolutionary Studies Institute at WITS to reveal the recent excavation of the full skeleton of Little Foot. It took his team 20 years to find the oldest, virtually complete fossil human ancestor in South Africa.

Professor Clarke says that the skeleton was stuck in a hard rock. Normally when bones have come from these caves they have been blasted out by miners or blasted out by explosives he says.

I decided that we didn’t want to do any damage to what was potentially a complete skeleton

Professor Ron Clarke, researcher

From the beginning, we excavated with small tools that were driven by air pressure says Professor Clarke.

The bones themselves were very fragile, the surfaces were flaky and the bones were soft.

Professor Ron Clarke, researcher

Little foot belongs to the genus called Australopithecus says Professor Clarke. The Australopithecus has human and ape-like features he adds. Professor Clarke says that the genus is not a direct ancestor of humans but a close relative.

More on this historic discovery in the link below...


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